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Preventing Bad Behaviour In The Classroom

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 168


Building a positive relationship with a pupil will contribute towards positive behaviour. When I was training, I was advised to watch the boys' football and rugby matches.

Being able to comment about the game to them in the next lesson helped improve things with a difficult class of lads who tended to dominate the other pupils.


These are a great way of motivating pupils as they feel their efforts are being recognised. Make sure they are earned as they won't mean anything if they can be won too easily. They can be used day-to-day as well as long-term.


Rules must be easy to follow and be realistic. It may be unrealistic, for example, to insist on complete silence during a 20 minute writing activity.

At the start of the year, go through the rules with them. Discuss each rule. Elicit why each rule has been included and explain it if they are unsure so they can see the practical need for it. Explain it in a way they can understand.

Hand the rules out as a leaflet and get them to stick them in the front of their books. Have them on display on the wall. They must be written in a way they can understand.

Include the rewards as well the sanctions. Write the rules to reflect the positive behaviour you want rather than the negative behaviour you don't. So you write, 'Bring your exercise book to every lesson' rather than 'Don't forget to bring your exercise book'.


If you are struggling with a particular child, it is not a sign of weakness to seek advice from a colleague. Ask someone who knows the class and shamelessly steal any tactic they used to improve things.


Be punctual. You avoid any build up of undesirable behaviour that could occur in your absence and you set the right example.

Have a store of spare equipment so pupils aren't unable to do the work or disrupt others by asking around for a pen etc.

Try and anticipate any problems. Discuss with your Teaching Assistants what to do to prevent problems from occurring and what to do if they happen.


Bear in mind all the elements that make up a good lesson such as differentiation, interesting activities etc.

The broader the range of activities, and the more variety of learning styles catered for, the more pupils can participate. The more involved they are in the lesson, the less inclined they will be to misbehave.


Although you should bear in mind how you structure your lesson when planning it, there are other practical things to consider.

• Entering the room - by standing at the door as they come in you can keep an eye on them. If there are any problems you can take pupils to one side and deal with it before they enter the lesson.

• Leaving the room - dismissing pupils row by row avoids a crush at the door with pupils eager to be first in the dinner queue. Dismiss the quieter rows first. There may be some complaints if it's a new policy but they'll soon get the message.

• Transitions - when changing activity, think about how to do this with the least disruption. If they've been working in groups, how will you make sure they move back to their original places sensibly?

Bad behaviour is more likely to occur during unstructured moments so if you structure everything you minimise the risk of this happening.


If you find yourself being aggravated by a pupil then you must be professional and not let it show. Do not let your issues affect your judgement. Treat each pupil fairly and the same.

Visit my website and click on the link for information on the causes of bad behaviour and practical ways of dealing with it.

I've written a series of articles providing a basic grounding in lesson planning, behaviour management with some lesson activity ideas thrown in. It's designed as a one-stop shop for those new to teaching and I'll be adding to it over time so keep checking the site.

Thanks for reading

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